Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra


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The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra was in decline at the time of these wartime radio transcriptions although it was still an impressive outfit. Joe Thomas on tenor and occasional vocals remained the band's main star but most of the orchestra's other players were more anonymous (with the exception of Omer Simeon on clarinet and alto) and Claude Trenier's vocals were only a slight improvement on Dan Grissom's in the 1930s. At 32 minutes, this LP is a bit brief although there are some good moments on such tunes as the two-part "Back Door Stuff," "Jeep Rhythm" and "For Dancers Only." However it is better to acquire Lunceford's studio sides (most of which are currently available on European CDs) first.